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Unknown[California Color Film / Golden Gate International Exposition] (ca. 1939)

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Views of pre-World War II San Francisco and the Golden Gate International Exposition.

This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: Unknown
Sponsor: N/A
Audio/Visual: Si, C
Keywords: California: History and culture; World's Fairs: San Francisco, 1939-40; San Francisco: Scenics: Historical

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Reviewer: Spuzz - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - December 13, 2005
Subject: San Fransisco, here I come!
GREAT overview of San Fransisco and the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, with the festival and ultimately the exposition! After a hilarious intro about how SF was formed, We then get a whirlwind tour of SF, stopping on the tall streets, Chinatown and Fishermans Wharf, some really nice photography here, as we go into Chinatown.. They have a bank serviced only by women!! Using Abacuses! Is that still there? Fishermans wharf is nice too. But the main focus here is the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge! They have a 3 day festival, headed by the most amazing floats LOVED the statue of liberty one. This is all concluded by just a PEEK at the Golden Gate Exposition. Theres nobody there! It hasnt opened yet! Please come if you can!

Highly reccomended!
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - August 4, 2004
Subject: The Other 1939 World's Fair
This film starts out like a travelogue about San Francisco and goes on and on until you wonder if theyÂre going to say anything about the WorldÂs Fair. Finally, about halfway through, they get to the Golden Gate Bridge, and then to the fair, which was designed to celebrate the bridgeÂs opening. Lots of parade footage is shown, and then we get to see the models for the exhibition buildings for a bit before the film abruptly ends. I wouldnÂt say this was the best vehicle to promote a WorldÂs Fair. Maybe that explains why it was eclipsed by the one in New York.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: *. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.


Establishing shot View of mountains
Establishing shot - lake (Tahoe?)
Scenes of San Francisco
Chinatown scenes
Establishing shot - skyline of San Francisco
Sailboats on the Bay
Bay Bridge scenes
Golden Gate Bridge scenes
View from top of Golden Gate Bridge
Views of carnival for opening
View of models of Golden Gate Bridge - 1939 Exposition
"Fascist architecture"


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